It’s natural that when we see people we care about going through challenges, we want to help. But sometimes we stop ourselves from reaching out—we’re worried that we might say the wrong thing, worried we might not be able to offer enough help to matter, worried we might make things worse. The truth is that there are so many ways we can help each other through hard times, and the most important one is being present with what you have, where you are, with those who are suffering. There are many strategies that can bolster our confidence to help when others ask, and many different skills we can learn to help listen deeply, show compassion, and be there for each other in constructive, meaningful ways.
The creator of the viral hit “Empathy Cards” teams up with a compassion expert to produce a visually stunning and groundbreaking illustrated guide to help you increase your emotional intelligence and learn how to offer comfort and support when someone you know is in pain.
Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh says listening can help end the suffering of an individual, put an end to war and change the world for the better. Watch as he explains how to practice compassionate listening.
One night in 1967, twenty-six-year-old John Donohue—known as Chick—was out with friends, drinking in a New York City bar. The friends gathered there had lost loved ones in Vietnam. Now they watched as antiwar protesters turned on the troops themselves.